Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Happy Imbolc, Lá Fhéile Bríde, Candlemas and Groundhog Day!

Are you an author with a current work in progress? Would you like to share about your work on a future WIP Wednesday? If so, send your blurb to Erin O'Riordan: erinoriordan AT sbcglobal DOT net.

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The first of February is a cross-quarter Pagan holiday, falling in between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The optimistic celebration of Imbolc looks forward to the end of winter and the renewal of spring - we're halfway there! Wear white or yellow for Imbolc to encourage the days to keep getting longer.

If you're interested in the folklore of Imbolc and the related February 1-2 holidays, you can read last year's post HERE. Remember, February 4th will be Sarasvati Puja, the birthday of the Hindu goddess Sarasvati.

Sarasvati Pictures

Over the weekend, I wrote a scholarly and humorous article about the word "smexy." The portmanteau word combining "smart" and "sexy" should be a favorite of mine, but I just can't bring myself to like it. Brigid came up in the discussion, as you'll read in this brief excerpt:

"If smexy were here [in the dictionary], it would fall precisely between smelter and smidgen. Smidgen’s not so bad; it has a cooking-show flavor, as in 'Add a smidgen of cardamom to your vanilla pudding.' Smidgen could even be delicious. Likewise, I have nothing against smelters, or anyone otherwise employed in the metallurgic arts. To my ancient Irish ancestors, smiths enjoyed the patronage of the great fire-goddess Brighid, and for the love of Brighid I could even love the word smelter.”

Imbolc Pictures

You might notice I also crammed in a pun on the word "flavor" and a reference to a line from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? I was on a roll when I wrote the article, so I hope it gets picked up by SexIs Magazine. I also worked in references to, Michael Trevino, Dick Cheney's iPod and Miles Fisher. "This Must Be the Place" is my example of a song that's kind of annoying at first, but then it grows on you. Then you can't get it out of your head. Then you embrace it. Then you love it.

Of course you embrace the video right away, 'cause it's a wonderful American Psycho homage. Miles Fisher is SO smexy. (Photo by Nadav Benjamin, Creative Commons)

So, what are you working on this fine cross quarter holiday?

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Nora Peevy said...

Happy Imbolc to you, Erin! I am celebrating tomorrow. I have decorated a bit and have candles ready. I am buying some fresh coordinating flowers tomorrow. I'm excited! My broom is looking lovely. I have a post with some pics and how Brigid relates to writers tomorrow. Hope to see you stop by.

Do you think that stubborn groundhog is going to see his shadow or not? LOL I think we would all be shocked for more winter, since we haven't had any. LOL


Erin O'Riordan said...

I think the darned thing will see his shadow, and we will indeed be shocking when a real winter finally settles in. I hope we're not in for another long, cold spring.